Lindenwood University’s 2012-13 Speaker Series will conclude with this year’s student choice speaker, actress, neuroscientist, and author Mayim Bialik, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, at the university’s Hyland Arena.
The event is free and open to the public. Bialik, initially best known for her lead role in the 1990s NBC sitcom Blossom, is currently one of the stars of the hit CBS show The Big Bang Theory, on which she portrays neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler. She has appeared a numerous other projects, such as the film Beaches, Woody Allen’s Don’t Drink the Water, and HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. Other recent appearances include recurring roles on Secret Life of the American Teenager and FOX’s Til Death. She also portrayed 1960s activist Nancy Kurshan in the 2011 film Chicago 8.
Bialik received her BS in neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish studies from UCLA in 2000 and earned a PhD in neuroscience in 2007 from UCLA, specializing in obsessive-compulsive disorder in adolescents with Prader-Willi syndrome. She is the celebrity spokesperson for the Holistic Moms Network, a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting holistic and green parenting and living.
Bialik has two sons, is a certified lactation educator counselor, and is devoted to a lifestyle of attachment parenting, homeschooling, natural family living, and vegan cooking. She is the co-founder and chair of the youth branch of the Jewish Free Loan Association (Genesis) and enjoys speaking on a variety of topics, including her journey to embracing traditional Jewish values. In 2012, she released a book on holistic parenting titled Beyond the Sling.